Besides gardening, what I love about spring is that it’s the beginning of bbq season! For me and mine, that usually means more recipes using a good, thick, sweet and tangy bbq sauce. I like to make pulled pork sandwiches in the slow cooker, bbq pork ribs and beef short ribs, ham hock with baked beans, and, of course, bbq chicken pizza… my favorite!
Unfortunately, many bbq sauces sold pre-bottled have many processed ingredients including high fructose corn syrup. It’s a blessing that you can now find some good organic options but finding one with a good robust flavor can prove itself to be a bit more difficult.
Why buy when you can make, right? Especially when it’s so easy to do.
I’ve been working on my bbq sauce recipe over the past couple of years, tinkering with a couple of the ingredients each time I made it. I’ve been pleased to have received great feedback from it each time I serve it to family and friends. My homemade bbq sauce is a Kansas City style sauce. It’s tomato based, sweet, and tangy… but not too tangy. It’s robust, thick and savory, and best of all… easy to make.
I start by dicing a large shallot.
I saute it in a heavy bottomed sauce pan with garlic for just a couple of minutes in extra virgin olive oil. Once the shallots and garlic start to turn translucent and brown a bit, I add a can of tomato paste, some water, honey, molasses, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, fish sauce, and salt.
This fish sauce makes all the difference, in my opinion. It adds deep, salty undertones to the bbq sauce and balances the flavors in the other ingredients. Red Boat is 100% pure, first press, extra virgin, Vietnamese fish sauce made from only two ingredients, black anchovies and salt. Nothing else. I love the deep flavors that it creates. I use it to replace soy and worcestershire sauce in my recipes. (This is not a sponsored post, I just love the stuff!)
Once all of the ingredients have been added, I allow it to simmer for 15 minutes before I blend all of the ingredients together with my immersion blender.
And, that’s it! See… easy and incredibly yummy. Yup, homemade bbq sauce. Another reason for loving spring!
A Kansas City style, tomato based, sweet and tangy homemade bbq sauce! Robust, thick, and savory!
- 1 large shallot (1/3 cup), minced
- 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 2 cans water, from empty tomato paste
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 cup honey
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tbls fish sauce
- 1 tbls dijon mustard
- 2 tsp large granule salt
- In a small heavy bottomed sauce pan, gently heat 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes or until the shallots start to turn translucent and just start to brown.
- Add the tomato paste and water; mix through. Allow to come to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the molasses, honey, vinegar, fish sauce, dijon mustard, and salt; mix through, bring to a boil the lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes more.
By the way, my Better Than Fast Food Chicken Nuggets taste absolutely phenomenal dipped into this homemade bbq sauce 😉
Do you make your own bbq sauce? Please share with us some of your favorite recipes using bbq sauce?